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Worksheet: An Action Plan for a Stagnating Career

By: Lisa Koning - Updated: 27 Jun 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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This worksheet has been designed to help you develop an Action Plan for a stagnating career. It can be used in conjunction with the Questionnaire: Is My Career Stagnating? For further information on the questions below please refer to this questionnaire.

Action Plan: Stagnating Career

Taking into consideration your answers in the Questionnaire: Is My Career Stagnating? rate the following as either: no change, some change, significant change. Choose a time frame that is appropriate to you; perhaps seven or five years.
  • Number of jobs
  • Type of work
  • Level of responsibility
  • Salary increase
  • Work stress levels
  • Work challenges
  • Job motivation
  • Job enjoyment
  • Job rewards
  • Job aspirations
  • Job opportunities

Action Plan If Majority Of Answers Are No Change

It seems from your answers that your career has made only few changes over the past years. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you are happy and content in your job. If, however, you want a change, it is up to you to take the necessary action to make something happen.

Jot down approximately 5 points for each of the following:

  • Your ideal job/s
  • How different is your current job with your ideal job?
  • Consider possible opportunities for change in your current job
  • Consider possible opportunities for change outside your current job (other fields or companies)
  • What additional skills would you need for your ideal job?
  • What would you need to do, to increase your job responsibilities?
  • Who might be able to assist you in making a career change?
  • What are your aspirations for the next 5 years?
  • What can you do to achieve these aspirations?
Write down 5 actions that you will take in regards to your career.

Action Plan If Majority Of Answers Are Some Change

It appears from your answers that your career has had some changes over the past years. It may or may not be stagnating, or it may simply be that you feel that you would like a change. Perhaps it’s a significant change or some moderate changes to your current role.

Jot down approximately 5 points for each of the following:

  • Your ideal job
  • What you don’t enjoy about your current job
  • How could you be more pro-active in changing your current role?
  • Are there possible opportunities for change in your current job?
  • Consider possible opportunities for change outside your current job (other fields or companies)
  • What could you do to make your current role more interesting/motivating/challenging?
  • What could you do to make your job less stressful?
  • Who might be able to assist you in making changes to your job?
  • What are your aspirations for the next 5 years?
  • What can you do to achieve these aspirations?
Write down 5 actions that you will take in regards to your career.

Stagnating Career Action Plan If Majority Of Answers Are Significant Change

It seems from your answers that you’ve had significant changes to your career over the past years. Although your career may not be stagnating, it may be that you feel that you are not in the right job or that you have nowhere to go career wise.

Jot down approximately 5 points for each of the following:

  • Your ideal job
  • How did past jobs differ from your ideal job?
  • What is stopping you from going for your ideal job?
  • What actions could you take to overcome these barriers?
  • What have been the key drivers for your career changes over the past years?
  • What would make you happier in your work and potentially bring more stability?
  • What changes could you make to your current work to increase your motivation?
  • What skills would improve your career opportunities in your current field?
  • Who could assist you in understanding your ideal career?
  • What would increase your commitment to your current role?
Write down 5 actions that you will take in regards to your career.

Short- and Long-Term Action Plans

Help to achieve your goals by completing our worksheets for Short-Term Career Planning and Long-Term Career Planning.

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Making lists is a starting point and helps you to focus on what you want to be doing, but from there you actually have to do something into order to restart your career. That means you have to be serious about it and start implementing the plan you've set out. Without any follow-through all you're doing is perpetuating the situation. Write a new CV and send it out for the jobs you really want and can feasibly obtain.
Tim - 27-Jun-12 @ 11:58 AM
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